S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, the legendary playback singer, passed away at 74 on today (25th Sept). After testing positive for covid-19, the singer has been at MGM Healthcare in Chennai since 5th Aug. The official response from MGM Doctors stated that the singer ended up dead from a cardio-respiratory arrest despite maximum life-support efforts. He passed away at 1:04 pm on today.
In 1966, SPB made his singing debut in the Telugu film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. He had also sung over 40,000 songs, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi, in nearly 16 languages. Also, the music in his blood lured him towards singing games; In fact, finally he came to the film world.
He was also a voice-over artist. In fact, he has served as the voice-over artist for actor Kamal Hassan. SPB also acted in a few movies. He has sung 1000s of songs in South Indian languages and in Hindi for five almost 5 decades. He worked with actors like Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, Gemini Ganesan and also some rising stars of the present. In fact, he is also the winner of six national awards. He further gained the respect of several worldwide fans for his singing milestones.
First National Award
SPB bagged his 1st national award for Sankarabharanam, even though all the songs in the Telugu film had based on pure Carnatic ragas. He has never formally trained in Carnatic music; but that did not stop him; not then, never.
He won the 2nd award for his first Hindi song, Tere Mere Beech Mein, in the movie Ek Duje Ke Liye. There were two more awards for the Telugu Sagarasangamam and Rudraveena films. Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai; the Kannada film won him the 5th national award.
Ordinary folk and representatives of the film fellowship had gathered to arrange widespread lord’s prayer while he was in the hospital, expecting for his recovery. From Kamal Haasan to Rajinikanth, celebrities across India have sent their best wishes to the Tamil singer. Music maestro AR Rahman, singer and songwriter Lata Mangeshkar, and Asha Bhosle devastated his loss as headline story of his demise broke. SPB is no more on earth; but his song is going to live on forever.
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